Bobbie Gentry - Son Of A Preacher Man Lyrics

Billy-Ray was a preacher's son
And when his daddy would visit he'd come along
When they gathered round and started talkin'
That's when Billy would take me walkin'
A-through the back yard we'd go walkin'
Then he'd look into my eyes
Lord knows to my surprise

The only one who could ever reach me
Was the son of a preacher man
The only boy who could ever teach me
Was the son of a preacher man
Yes he was, he was, ooh, yes he was

Being good isn't always easy
No matter how hard I try
When he started sweet-talkin' to me
He'd come and tell me everything is all right
He'd kiss and tell me everything is all right
Can I get away again tonight?

The only one who could ever reach me
Was the son of a preacher man
The only boy who could ever teach me
Was the son of a preacher man
Yes he was, he was, Lord knows he was

How well I remember
The look that was in his eyes
Stealin' kisses from me on the sly
Takin' time to make time
Tellin' me that he's all mine
Learnin' from each other's knowing
Lookin' to see how much we've grown

And the only one who could ever reach me
Was the son of a preacher man
The only boy who could ever teach me
Was the son of a preacher man
Yes he was, he was, oh, yes he was
He was the sweet-talking son of a preacher man
I guessed he was the son of a preacher man
Sweet-lovin' son of a preacher man
Ah, move me

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  1. Paul hopper

    I was just a young boy I just got out of a children's home in New Mexico and I just made it to Dallas Texas in 1969
    I REMEMBER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Lil Lan

    Damm that is pure country

  3. Zev Feldman


  4. Jeremy Kitto

    I am the son of a preacher 🙏🏼💫

  5. stacyblue1980

    Her version more down home. No disrespect to anybody else.

  6. Stavis Maples

    I'm a big Bobby Gentry fan, but she's not feeling the soul in this song.

  7. Loyal Ram

    I love Bobbie Gentry so much, However, Dusty Springfield version of this song is better

  8. Shaun House

    If you actually want a country version of the song you should go for Peggy Little's this is however much better than that, and sits with the classic versions recorded by Dusty and Aretha.

  9. Richard B. Davis


  10. Jim Esser

    Best version of this song ever! Portuguese descent? How cool is that?

  11. madcow usa

    Terrific photograph. Captures the style at the time, attitude, right down to the seductive fingers.

  12. Ligina Gong

    She is truly great! What a great voice!
    I love the way Bobby Centry says "walk'in". I would have liked to go walk'in with Bobby.

  13. Randolph Ouimet

    still looks hot

  14. Pablo Elverdin

    She is truly great! What a great voice!
    She's the only one who can do justice to Dusty Springfield.

  15. Brian Drury


  16. lucious mckie

    Bobbie is my girl on this tune.

  17. Oliver Kivitz

    I personally love the rhythm section on this number
    talented lady (a real looker too!)

  18. Mirror Man

    I love this woman.

  19. quantumthunder

    What a voice!!! So much talent!!!

  20. EmilyAnn Frances May

    I like this one. Dusty's version is still very powerful to me.

  21. SOUL of BIRDS


  22. Doug Lane

    Smart. Studied philosophy at UCLA.

  23. myopicseer

    What a talent, what an incredibly DESIRABLE woman. Would love to meet her.

  24. Betty Stouffer

    Sexy goals 4 sure!

  25. Greg Jobe

    What got thrown off the Tallahatchie Bridge?

  26. Coonhunter #1

    Beautiful southern woman.

  27. K. Hendrickson

    Sheesh, I never realized Bobby Gentry was so darn P-r-e-t-t-y!

  28. Michel MDJAY

    Fantastic voice, great looks but, most of all, amazing songwriter... funny she didn't make it bigger O^O I guess her 1967 n°1 hit kinda killed her career.

  29. chronicsinnerZ

    I'm in White Trash heaven listen' to this!

  30. James Jones

    Thanks again for playing because this version is still the best and still best music today

  31. Christopher Smith


  32. Steven William Bayless Parks

    A little too fast.

  33. Lueann


  34. Dancing Candle

    What a great head of hair!

  35. Zev Feldman


  36. Josie Springfield

    Not bad for being a Chickasaw Native American. One of my favorite female singers.

  37. Love Blues Everyday

    What a voice. 😍😍😍. I was 9 when “Ode” come out. I’ve been in love since. This song came on the radio in the car 30 time as we drove to Pittsburgh. I thought she was saying “cha cha ridge”. 😊

    geno mccgeno

    When I was a kid I used to think Creedence Clearwater Revival was saying "There's a bathroom on the Right" instead of "There's a Bad Moon On the Rise". Lol!

  38. Richard Morris

    Had a crush on her since i was 10 yrs old.

  39. GL AnnapolisTeam

    It is too bad that Miss Gentry has been dumped in the ONE HIT WONDER box. She did some great music !! She did the original "Fancy" that Reba McIntire later revived. She does a good version of this tune along with Dusty & Aretha (RIP!) & the Honey Cone.

  40. Ceelle2

    Those drums aren't country...that beat is out of New Orleans....

  41. April X

    Damn still gives me goosebumps!

  42. Diana Peterson

    Been listening to her since I was 11.

  43. Jeffrey Richardson

    scotts michael douglas
    jody does have flatulence
    jackies pride and joy

  44. Jeffrey Richardson

    mr rogers talk
    walking to the beach trojans
    ruthie and billy (doetie)

  45. Peter Chavez

    She is truly great! What a great voice!

  46. NickRatnieks

    Photo of Bobbie on that bench in London in 1968 when she recorded her TV show for the BBC. Bobbie was multi- talented. She could sing, write songs, play guitar- choreograph and dance, design clothes and was one of the few women on the planet that could wear a red trouser suit and get away with it. She deserves the adjective AWESOME!

  47. teller12

    218 clueless people.

  48. Erin Threlkeld

    I like Dusty Springfield’s instrumentation

  49. michael payne

    thats the next best version of that song

  50. A. Zwakhalen

    Is she Zhavia's mom on 'THE FOUR?'

  51. Saundra Waller

    She was so pretty. Her voice was like velvet. :)

  52. R Palmer

    How can there even be any thumbs down on this!!! Getting to my topic - My 9 year old girl is getting ready for a talent show. She will be the only one on stage for one song. This song might be great if she were 15 but I would like some suggestions of songs by female artists that are not too esoteric and are not too suggestive. Every song is either a love song or a breakup song. Were are going over some suggestions I have and unfortunately the stuff she does the best is not going to work at a 4th grade talent show - Total eclipse of the heart, is her favorite.

    Ive got So Far Away and Blue Bayou on the short list because neither one is about - well you know - but I am looking for songs with appropriate lyrics or at least close. She also love the song Sara, but for reasons that are obvious, that one is not going to work. Her name is Rhiannon and unfortunately that one wont work either.

    Any Ideas?

    Fixit Mann

    How'd that work out for your daughter? I'd suggest "These boots were made for walking" but of course without Nancy Sinatra's mini-dress...

  53. Daniel Satellite

    Good singer, really enjoyed it!

  54. Shaun House

    For me this is the best version

  55. Laceykat66

    Ode to a Preasher Man ?

  56. Nunya Bizness

    Wow, Go Go Boots! I had a pair of those in elementary school.

  57. siberia1409

    The only one that could ever reach me was the son of a preacher man.......

  58. Arthur Latham

    Sarah Connor blows them all away on the song my beautiful blonde is so hot and so talented she makes the oldies look just like that oldies Sarah Connor rules on Son of a Preacher Man

  59. Cliff cal

    Why am I not surprised that Bobby Gentry doing this song would have a funky feel to it!  And I can't recall ever knowing she did a version of this. Great!

  60. Lou Coconut

    i much prefer this to the original version.

  61. B Cuz

    How well I remember
    The look that was in his eyes
    Stealin' kisses from me on the sly
    Takin' time to make time
    Tellin' me that he's all mine
    Learnin' from each other's knowin'
    Lookin' to see how much we've grown and

  62. Brian J. Carnevale

    Fiction meets real life.

  63. Seven Dominie

    pretty good, seems, like the girl singing song, gotta go with Sarah Connor version

  64. Cheryl Bianchi

    Awesome you the best

  65. Susan Vue

    The chrome was thick and the women straight back in the good old USA.

  66. ArrowJ Smith

    She honored Dusty Springfield singing this song so wonderfully.

  67. washburn road

    Fun lady... points and measures for sure, but fun.

  68. Kanahele styles

    What a sexy woman!

  69. Peter Psillas

    Aretha could do it justice! All different styles. Classic Dusty!!!

  70. Mr. Universe

    Nobody can touch Mavis Staples. Nobody

  71. James Vignali

    These gals sure could pull at your strings.

  72. Finlay Park

    she is brill But simply Dusty's

  73. Kalihi Warhomes

    Bobbie Gentry is a Mississippi southern belle of the same Portuguese lineage as me. She is my all-time favorite female vocalist.

  74. oldthrash83

    Pulp Fiction, anyone?

  75. Nick83Fairfax

    I like the way she's sitting on the album cover

  76. amy clarke

    like c and w

  77. CR1545

    David Knudsen i liked beating off with you and swimming naked in the pool where did you go? My love. We had a 'Quasi' gay relationship.

  78. Stevie 1973

    Love this song. Billy ray was preachers son . Love this. Being good isn't always easy . How true . But love Bobbie voice.. 🎶🎶❤️❤️❤️

  79. sugarland texas

    Well said Vreeland

  80. GL AnnapolisTeam

    Song was first offered to Aretha who turned it down. Then Dusty recorded it. Then Aretha recorded it as an album track. At some point the Honey Cone did a version for one of their albums. I think it would be cool for a male singer to sing this as "I'm the son of a preacher man"! Maybe I should do it & have a huge country hit with it. LOL!

    GL AnnapolisTeam

    Bobbie's version is cool too! Back when women could sing!

  81. Willie Dunn

    pretty woman

  82. Leigh Burton

    This song was sampled on a Dr. Pepper commercial!

  83. Maximus Vetti

    I love my 70s .. I was a kid then

  84. peter betts

    gary stackhouse yes but where /what is the good stuff , the quality material , the stuff that will stand the test of Time and be remembered or referenced to when held up to the other eras or materials and truly be called good or quality out there Today . {or last 30 + years}?

  85. Kalihi Warhomes

    Beautiful and talented, Mississippi native of Portuguese descent, Bobbie Gentry. I miss you babe.

  86. anne renwick

    wtf is between her legs

  87. Nickels and Diamonds

    Classic! Thanks!

  88. Dave Crawford

    still love it after all these years 60

  89. Todd Moore

    It's the other way around. She sang it first.

    Stu Boydl

    Springfield - Sept '68
    Gentry - Aug '69

  90. Terrence Board

    A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within !!*

  91. Kerry Bennett

    classy w/ classy sexy!

  92. John Jarou

    talented lady (a real looker too!)

  93. Jagged Edge

    Its funny I grew up listening to her sing this never realizing others had done it before her to me she does it best

  94. Cthulhu

    <3 <3 <3

  95. olemissfan91

    I'll be down in three shakes of a lamb's tail....Pulp Fiction

  96. Joe Rich

    In my opinion Dusty's classic version is best. Bobbie did it in her own style. Unlike many other artists today who all want to sound alike. If all the haters out there think you can do better, prove it! Get your ass on stage & sing it instead of judging it.



    Dave W

    Aretha? not this time.

    The Pad

    +joe rich, just thought i'd let you know i am in full agreement with your comment. it was the way of the world of music for musicians/singers to take the works they liked and as they say put their spin on it. but, i hope that one day music will return to its roots because there are only so many different spins out there and let's face it computer driven music lack the warmth of the human voice. with regards to the phrasing of this version i do hear only a slight varience between dusty and bobbie. given they come from different parts of the world it was surprising the similarities.
    later man, sld 👸 the 📒 pad 🏡

  97. David Lichner

    I love the way Bobby Centry says "walk'in". I would have liked to go walk'in with Bobby.

    Eric Moore

    I love the way Billy Ray would say let's go for a walk.

    Joe Tillman

    believe dat

    David Tuer

    Me too!!!!